Pens ice Elks, Bulldogs in NSJHL play

Quinn MacDonald of the East Hants Junior Penguins fends off an attack from a Pictou Scotian during game action on Oct. 14 at the Keith Miller Arena in the East Hants Sportsplex. (Healey file photo)

LANTZ: The winning ways continued for the East Hants Junior Penguins, as they picked up a pair of wins during the Oct 27-29 weekend in Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League play.

The Pens hosted the Brookfield Elks in a Oct. 27 game, a 7-2 win, their final home game for about three weeks as they hit the road for game action. That road game stint began Oct. 29, when they travelled up to Antigonish for a date with the Bulldogs. East Hants won that game 5-3.

Against the Bulldogs, Mark Vokey’s first of two goals at the six minute mark of the third stood was the eventual game winner. The second goal came with 2:57 left in the game and secured the two goal victory.

Also scoring were: Kyle Randall with a pair and Quinn MacDonald with a single tally. Assists were credited to Ben O’Ball and Alex Anthony, each with three helpers; Vokey with two; and Lucio Williams with one.

Ryan Huestis stopped 21 of 24 pucks sent his way in the win.

On Friday night at home against their rivals the Elks, the Pens blew open a tie game after one with six markers to Brookfield’s two. East Hants added one more in the final stanza.

Matt Peruzza notched a hat trick while adding two assists; while Quinn MacDonald had two goals. He chipped in with a helper. Dylan Evans scored a goal and an assist and Mark Vokey had a single tally.

Adam Peruzza chipped in with four helpers; while Devon Rose; Ben O’Ball; and Ryan MacNeil each contributed an assist apiece.

Ryan Huestis was solid in net again, turning aside 37 of the 39 shots the Elks fired at him.

East Hants will now hit the road for a game Nov. 3 against the Cumberland Blues in Springhill; battle the Blazers in Sackville on Nov. 6; head to Windsor to meet Hants County rivals Valley Maple Leafs on Nov. 10.

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Patrick Healey
Pat has grown up in East Hants, having called Milford, and now Enfield home. He graduated from the journalism program at Holland College in 2001, and has spent time at newspapers in NL and Alberton and Summerside, PEI before becoming a reporter/photographer at The Weekly Press/The Laker in October 2008. He has a rescue kitty named Asha that is much loved—and spoiled. Pat is also our "social engagement guru." Check him out on twitter!